Recruiting is the lifeblood of the Corps. The legacy of the Marine Corps is to “Make Marines, Win Battles, and Return Quality Citizens.” Citizens, once transformed, will be Marines for life. As such, we are dedicated to recruiting high quality men and women of character to meet the needs of our Corps and the nation and who are representative of the people we serve. We are known for our high standards, strong work ethic, and commitment to work as a team to accomplish the mission.
Our mission is to seek out and find the highest quality young men and women to take up the challenge to earn the title of a United States Marine. In order to continue maintaining the high Marine Corps and Department of Defense quality standards and attain a diverse entry-level population representative of national demographics, we strive to enlist only the best and the brightest youth of America.
We seek individuals who are mentally, morally and physically qualified to be transformed into Marines and foster our “Elite Warrior” culture. Each applicant must embrace our Core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. We are not taking applications, only Commitments. This philosophy is our ethos.
The Marine Corps offers a wide variety of enlistment programs from aviation electronics to infantry, and we offer qualified men and women the opportunity to see if they have what it takes to earn the title of Marine. In turn, we imbue young people with traits that will help make them successful throughout their lives, such as leadership, a strong sense of teamwork, dedication, and sound decision-making skills -- traits that any future employer will find valuable.
We also understand that recruiting and retaining a diverse force is vital to the success of the Corps, both today and tomorrow. Maintaining a Marine Corps that is representative of the society it protects remains a priority for our Corps.